Valle del Cauca, Colombia,

Stakeholders workshop in Valle del Cauca region, Colombia

Contact: Belén Benito García

On 5th of November took placed an stakeholders workshop in the frame of RUSTICA project in Valle del Cauca region. In the following lines you will see how the workshop was organized.

First of all, the participants were welcomed and introduced to the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT and a brief description of the project was shared with them. Afterwards, there was a round of presentation from all the participants and they shared their experience around bio fertilisers and valorisation of harvest residues.


Brainstorming on ideal outcomes from the project

A brainstorming session was conducted by requesting the participants to ask the following question:

‘What would be one or more ideal outcomes of the RUSTICA project from your point of view?’

Everyone wrote down the project goals from their own perspective and then they were ranked according to time and priority. A fact sheet was handed out to everyone and it was presented what was on the sheet step by step.



Validation of regional market analysis

A fact sheet was handed out to everyone and it was presented step by step. Participants were organized in three groups according to their affiliation (research centre/academia, fertilisers companies, producers) to reflect on 3 questions about the fact sheet:

  1. Is there any data that does not match, you don’t understand or surprises you?
  2. Are there more relevant regional waste        streams that you are aware of that are not covered on the fact sheet?
  3. Do you think there are any limiting factors?

Afterwards, the answers were discussed.


Developing future scenarios in the subgroups

Three tables were stablished. Each table got a question assigned and had a volunteer rapporteur. The rest of the participants rotated through the tables to answer the three questions:

  1. What are the factors (drivers / trends) that positively influence the production and diffusion of bio-based fertiliszers from fruit and vegetable wastes?
  2. What are the current obstacles on your region that may limit its development?
  3. What are the opportunities and threats to increase the production or use of bio-based fertiliszers?

At the end, each rapporteur presented all the results.


Article written by Guillermo Pena Chipatecua, CIAT.

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The RUSTICA project aims to foster the technical validation, demonstration and implementation of bio-based fertiliser and soil improvement production techniques focusing on waste from the fruit and vegetable agro-food system to close nutrient cycles on a regional level. An estimated 70 million tonnes of dry matter of field crop residues could be sustainably harvested for valorization. However, 1.5 million tonnes is lost. The project wants to bridge this gap between the nutrient losses in the form of agricultural residues and the nutrient imports in Europe by integrating and demonstrating 6 complementary technologies with high nutrient recovery potential to treat residues from the fruit and vegetable sector. For future information, please visit very soon.

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